The group put together donation records for some of the top companies in Silicon Valley and the numbers are striking. Overall, Obama outraised John McCain $1,434,719 to $267,041. Google [GOOG 366.94 20.45 (+5.9%) ]was Obama's single biggest corporate donor, racking up $485,961 in donations, compared to only $20,600 for John McCain. It's no accident that Google is Obama's top donor, especially with a high profile endorsement by Google CEO Eric Schmidt, who appeared in the candidate's infomercial recently. As for McCain's biggest corporate donor? That'd be Cisco Systems[CSCO 18.33 1.13 (+6.57%) ], where CEO John Chambers is a vocal supporter of McCain as a co-chairman of his campaign. Employees there forked over $80,676 to McCain. But those donations still didn't measure up to the $149,078 Cisco employees also sent Obama's way.
Other notables? Apple Inc.[AAPL 110.99 4.03 (+3.77%) ] workers donated $98,023 for Obama and $16,950 for McCain; Hewlett-Packard [HPQ 38.24 -0.37 (-0.96%) ]employees raised $148,057 for Obama, and $15,750 for McCain; Yahoo[YHOO 13.35 0.60 (+4.71%) ] workers represented the biggest gap in Obama's favor, raising $100,276 for Obama compared to the $4,050 for McCain. EBay [EBAY 15.75 0.74 (+4.93%) ]sent $46,660 to Obama, and $4,150 to McCain. That's a wide spread at Hewlett-Packard where former CEO Carly Fiorina, a key McCain supporter, apparently didn't wield much influence over her former charges. Same at eBay where Meg Whitman, originally a big Mitt Romney supporter, transitioned to the McCain camp.
Oracle [ORCL 18.90 0.57 (+3.11%) ]was also a huge Obama donor: $134,421 for the Democratic candidate and $36,586 for McCain. The only company among the top donors tilting in McCain's favor? Sanmina-SCI, raising $250 for Obama, and $2,800 for McCain.
Important to note: The Center for Responsive Politics says some contributors didn't identify their employer so all of this might not represent every donation. Also important: McCain's fundraising was limited because he accepted public-financing while Obama did not, so that might skew the numbers in Obama's favor as well."